Today is a busy day here at Our house now a home, I am sharing my Christmas home tour 2015! I am so excited to finally share this with you all, I shared a little bit of it last week. That living room tour can be seen here. I changed up a few things since then, adding just a few more quick projects and additions. My family and I had a Christmas themed weekend, we decorated our Christmas tree, saw our towns Christmas parade and went gift shopping for their cousins. It was such a fun way to kick off the holiday season. Tonight we will be going to a hotel that puts on an amazing Christmas light show as a sweet end to this fun and Merry weekend.
This home tour is super special because not only am I sharing my home with you all, so are a bunch of other bloggers. You will be able to find their home tour at the bottom of this post. This whole Home for Christmas hop is being hosted by Hometalk.com & Countryliving.com. There is going to be some new people to my blog with this home tour hop, I am so happy to have you. This Christmas home tour shows off my home, and the many DIY projects that I enjoy doing. I will be sharing those links with you all if I have already shared them. There is a bunch of new projects crammed into this home tour that I have not shared yet. I was a crafting crazy lady lately have so much to share! Anyways, onto the tour!
One of my favorite things about my home is the front porch. I always try to decorate it nice because it has such beautiful architecture and features. I will add that we are in Wisconsin and this time of year we usually have a beautiful and snowy landscape. We had some early snow storms and nothing for a few weeks. So this outside if snow free. I will be sharing a ton of snow filled pictures once we get some of it. I hope we get some to have a white Christmas!
I adore this little seating are I have carved out of the front porch. The wreath was made using Dollar store supplies, and the tutorial can be found here.
I made these Christmas tree’s out of some surprising supplies. The full tutorial will be shared soon, be sure to check back for that!
I lover adding bright pops of red, and little berries are the perfect way to add that and keep with my rustic charm to the Christmas decor.
Pine cones, when in doubt decorate with pine cones!
I love this little mini wagon, I usually just use this for Christmas because it is such a beautiful Holiday red.
Now, onto the inside of the house!
My home does not have a formal entry, or even tiny foyer. The front door opens into the living room. So carving out a little spot for a “entry” was important to me. I adore decorating this little nook. I made the snowflake art on the wall. That tutorial will be coming soon.
This gallery wall and console table looked nice enough to me, but I wanted to add just a little something to it. For those of you new to Our house now a home I always try to share DIY projects and solutions. This home tour is no different, I am giving you a little bit of both.
I made this Christmas tree art with some wood scraps and a few supplies.
- I had a simple pine piece of wood that was left over from other projects. I painted it a bright and Christmasy red.
- Using a bunch of scarp pieces of wood, also left over from a project.
- I stained them a dark walnut stain. I am in love with this color!
- I created the rough formation of the first layer to this scrap Christmas tree. Then using hot glue gun, glue each individual piece down.
- I glued down the first layer.
- Using the same steps and lay the second layer to the Christmas tree down.
- I had a beautiful and rustic tree. I decided to make this look like a true Christmas addition.
- Using glitter glue, I painted it on.
- Then went glitter crazy! I turned this tree into a true Christmas tree and perfect for a winter wonderland!
I do not have too much red in my home for the Holidays. I tend to use more natural colors, with gray and green as accents. This little corner of the living room has pops of red and I adore it.
The living room is the place we spend most of our time, I try to keep things as kid friendly as possible in here. My kids are 7, 6, and 4. They are pretty good with things, but they are still kids. I am always trying to make the home work for the adults and the kids who live here. I have ended up with a rustic, bright, and whimsical holiday decor. I get to do the fun decorating now. When my kids get older is when the serious and fancy decor comes out. For now it is all about Rudolph and Santa.
The Christmas tree ornaments and decor in our home is all about the kidlings in our home. My house has always meshed the two together well, my home is stylish but full of family elements. It is just who we are. I have a bunch of littles and my home wreaks of them in the best way possible.
Decorating the mantle has to be my favorite area to decorate. It is such a big focal point that it demands attention.
I added these ornaments recently, so this mantel does look different from last weeks living room tour. I love how they hang, giving off just a little sprarkle.
Making these beautiful lanterns work for my holiday decor was a lot of fun. These can work year round by changing out the items on the inside. I put some red garland and pine cones in here. It was just a little touch, but what was needed to help these lanterns transition into Christmas.
Our home is open concept-ish. I add the ‘ish to the end because the living room and dining room are open, with doorways into the kitchen and study. It has a great flow. But because it is all open the decor needs to have a flow to it as well.
I recently revamped our dining room, adding the ceiling light and and making the colorful wood art work. It was just enough to make the whole space feel fresh again. I added the light greenery to the ceiling light, and my kids love that little addition. They said even the ceilings are decorated. Which is a big deal to my little ones, who knew?
I went crazy with the sprarkle this year. This center planter I made with silk greenery, and will be sharing how I built it up soon.
Sparkle is everywhere this year, it makes it feel truly magical in here!
I went Christmas tree craft crazy this year. I made a whole lot of them, and will be sharing each tutorial soon. They made my credenza be a part of the home decor.
I love the simplicity of this garland.
The dining room was not always set up here, for years we had it in the smaller part of the kitchen. Once I put it in here the whole home felt different and the dining transitioned into a formal feel. I really enjoy having it open into the living room. I have to say, having this view when we are at the dining room table is really nice. The lit up tree, a lot of times a fire in the fireplace, and my big hanging wreath.
Where the dining room table used to be is now used as the study. I am not sure why we started calling it that but it was stuck. It is pretty much the kids space. They have a art table, their books and a place to sit. I call this the bigger kid play room. They do not need mounds of toys anymore. My kids use the art table daily. If you think I am the creative one…. you have not met my kids. They love this little space. I say little, because it is a small nook off of our kitchen. A lot of people have commented that they wish they had a space like this for their kids. This is what would be the eat in part of the kitchen. Not really a room, I turned it into one and our family spends a ton of time in here!
The small Christmas tree in here is the designated kids tree. They have made a bunch of ornaments for it. Each year their Nana lets them pick an ornament from her Christmas tree. She always buys a ton of kids specific ornaments. This is where they put those ornaments. My trio of littles have be making their own ornaments to go on this tree. I love seeing their creativity come out. There is no rules at the art table, other then to clean up your mess when done.
I turned the bottom of the small tree into a true winter wonderland. I made those snowballs, they are a lot of fun to make. Watch out for that tutorial soon!
This Christmas home tour would not be complete without the diva’s Teddy & Finn. Teddy is the smaller dog who is older. He is a seasoned pro and assumes when I get the camera out it is time for him to pose, Finn is liking this idea. They both need to make an appearance. This whole thing is for them after all!
As you can see, the kids have taken this tree being theirs and run with it! We decorate the main Christmas tree with a lot of my kids things, I guess eventually we might transition into more formal Christmas ornaments. For now this is the life we lead. I love every minute of it.
I changed up a few of the pictures in this gallery wall. Making it work just a little bit better for the holiday season.
This was the first year I have put the pine leaves above the cabinet. I actually have all of you to thank, if you follow me on social media. I posted a picture of our kitchen without Christmas decor and asked how best to decorate it. We have a small kitchen, really small. I try to keep the decorating to a minimum in here because it gets cluttered very quickly. Many of you said I should put some greenery above the kitchen cabinets. I took your advice and cut some branches from our pine trees outside. I am loving the results!
The counter top decor I still keep to a small few things. Counter space is a hot commodity here and am not willing to sacrifice that in the name of home decor. We redid our kitchen a few years ago, adding the back splash, painting the cabinets and walls. The last step is counter tops, once day.
With the study being technically in the kitchen actually works to our favor with our family. The kids can be reading, drawing or even doing homework while we are doing dishes or cooking. Letting us all still have time together. I am convinced that even if we had a mega mansion the 3 kids and two dogs would be wherever Dale and I are. We are kind of a big deal around here.
These pine leaves smell wonderful! This year we found out Nora is allergic to pine sap. We found that out after a fun reaction on her face after playing in pine trees. So it is the first year we have an artificial Christmas tree. However, we can get the beautiful pine smell with these because they are up high and she will not touch them. I was missing this smell in my house this year.
I made these simple rustic art pieces and will be sharing the tutorial soon. It was a last minute project addition because my kitchen needed some warming up for the holiday season.
I thought the dark walnut wood stain would help that out.
Glass hurricanes are great things to have in your home. They are so simple to change things up according to the season, I transition these each holiday or season change.
The little additions to my kitchen made this small space feel ready for Christmas without it feeling overwhelming. In the kitchen, no matter how much I stay on top of things. The clutter congregates here, homework, dishes, mail, everything. This is the spot to pile it all. So keeping things as calm and simple as possible is always the best way.
I made these A frame Christmas tree’s and you can see the tutorial for them here. I put them in our bedroom, which I was hoping to get decorated for the holidays as well. However, that did not happen. It is ok though, my halls have been decked, my house is merry and my kids adore it regardless of the bedrooms being decorated.
That is it! We made it! My Christmas home tour 2015 is a wrap, I feel like I missed out on some things, maybe forgot a few additions. I might add to this, or be sharing a few new features if I get crafty again. I will be sharing some new crafts, projects and features soon. Some I already showed you in this tour and others that are not yet ready for their close up. I do not know what it is but this time of year I go DIY crazy. There is not enough days in the month for me to share it all. Look out for all of those coming soon to a computer near you!
Don’t forget to check out the other people sharing their home tours and projects all about the Holidays in this Home for Christmas hop.
From my family to yours- Merry Christmas!
Have you started decorating yet? Do you have any favorite items in your home that you love to bring out for the Holiday season?